Noteworthy Black Catholics
Beacons of our faith
Discover the stories of Black Catholic saints, heroic examples of holiness to the world around them.
Click on each image to learn more about these men and women whose legacy lives on today.
CURRENTLY ACTIVE BISHOPS
Most Reverend Roy Edward Campbell, Jr.
Most Reverend Shelton Fabre
Most Reverend Jerome Feudjio
His Eminence, Wilton Cardinal Gregory
Most Reverend Joseph N. Perry
Most Reverend Jacques Fabre-Jeune, CS
Most Reverend Gordon D. Bennett, SJ
Most Reverend Edward K. Braxton, Ph.D., S.T.D.
Most Reverend Curtis Guillory, SVD
Most Reverend Martin D. Holley
Most Reverend John H. Ricard, SSJ
Most Reverend J. Terry Steib, SVD
Most Reverend Moses B. Anderson, SSE
Most Reverend Dominic Carmon, SVD
Most Reverend Fernand Cheri III, OFM
Most Reverend Carl Fisher, SSJ
Most Reverend Joseph Francis, SVD
Most Reverend Joseph Howze
Most Reverend James P. Lyke, OFM
Most Reverend Eugene A. Marino, SSJ
Most Reverend Emerson Moore
Most Reverend George V. Murry, SJ
Most Reverend Leonard Olivier , SVD
Most Reverend Harold Perry, SVD
Most Reverend Guy Sansaricq
Most Reverend Elliott G. Thomas
BLACK CATHOLICS ON THE CANONIZATION JOURNEY
Servant of God Sister Thea Bowman
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A devotional to Servant of God Sister Thea Bowman is available for $1.50 from Ligouri Publications. You can order the devotional here.
Venerable Henriette Delille
Click the image to read about Mother Henriette Delille.
A devotional to Venerable Mother Henriette Delille is available for $1.50 from Ligouri Publications. You can order the devotional here.
Venerable Pierre Toussaint
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A devotional to Venerable Pierre Toussaint is available for $1.50 from Ligouri Publications. You can order the devotional here.
Servant of God Mother Mary Lange
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A devotional to Servant of God Mother Mary Lange is available for $1.50 from Ligouri Publications. You can order the devotional here.
Venerable Father Augustus Tolton
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A devotional to Venerable Fr. Augustus Tolton is available for $1.50 from Ligouri Publications. You can order the devotional here.
Servant of God Julia Greeley
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A devotional to Servant of God Julia Greeley is available for $1.50 from Ligouri Publications. You can order the devotional here.
* All the portraits in this section were created by artist Anthony VanArsdale and are the property of the NBCC, all rights reserved.
Ligouri Publications offers the set of devotionals to the Six Holy Men and Women on the Path to Sainthood for $6.99. You can order the set here.
BECOMING A SAINT
We are all called to be saints, but what is the process used by the Catholic Church to canonize Holy men and women as saints?
Read about it here.
BLACK AND AFRICAN SAINTS AND MARTYRS
St. Anthony the Great
Fr Antonio Vieira
St Benedict the Moor
Sts Felicity & Perpetua
St Josephine Bakhita
St Katherine Drexel
St Martin de Porres
St Moses the Black
St Peter Claver
Sts Valentine & Dubatatius
BLACK AND AFRICAN popes
Pope Victor I
The Canonization Process In Four Steps
Servant of God
A cause is presented to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints and it is accepted.
After the cause is approved, the Congregation for the Causes of Saints declares that the person has lived the Christian virtues heroically.
The Congregation recognizes that the person is in Heaven. This requires that a miracle has taken place through the intercession of that person. In most cases, the miracle is a healing.
After beatification, a second miracle is needed to declare someone a saint. After this, the Pope summons all the Cardinals of the Church and the date for the Canonization Ceremony of the saint is determined.
Handmaids of the Most Pure Heart of Mary
Black Catholic History
Learn more about the history of Black Catholics and influential figures by following our timeline from colonial settlements to the present day.
Handmaids of the Most Pure Heart of Mary